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St. John's Anglican Church

Parish of Horton, Wolfville, Nova Scotia

March 18th  2018, 5th Sunday in Lent

8:00 am                  Holy Communion, BCP

   Collect: We beseech thee, Almighty God, mercifully to look upon thy people; that by thy great goodness they may be governed and preserved evermore, both in body and soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Reader: Helen Shaw           Eucharistic Assistant: Beth Turner


10:00 am       A Service of Music and Readings for Lent


The Gathering of the Community

Processional Hymn                         #175 Forty Days and Forty Nights

Introductory Responses

      Cast your burden upon the Lord,

      And he will sustain you.

      Create in me a clean heart, O God,

      And renew a right spirit within me.

      Cast me not away from your presence

      And take not your Holy Spirit from me.

      Give me the joy of your saving help again

      And sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.

      Blessed be the Lord day by day,

      The God of our salvation, who bears our burdens.


A Bidding Prayer for Lent


As the children depart for Sunday School we will sing,

We Are Walking (led by the choir)


The Ministry of Word and Music

Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34,  John Whidden

Choir Anthem:               Hide Not Thou Thy Face (Richard Farrant)


Psalm 51:1-12

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving -kindness; in your great compassion blot out my offenses.

Wash me through and through from my wickedness and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.

Against you only have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight. And so you are justified when you speak and upright in your judgement.

Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth, a sinner from my mother’s womb.

For behold, you look for truth deep within me, and will make me understand wisdom secretly.

Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure; wash me, and I shall be clean indeed.

Make me hear of joy and gladness, that the body you have broken may rejoice.

Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from your presence and take not your holy Spirit from me.

Give me the joy of your saving help again and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.


Choir Anthem:                                     Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel

                                                                                      (arr. Roger Emerson)


Reading: Hebrews 5:5-10,  Ron Stuart

Choir Anthem:                                                                   Seek Ye the Lord (J.V. Roberts)

Soloist: Alexa Munroe Choquette


Reading: John 12:20-33


Trio:     Wondrous Cross (Philip Wilby)

Soloists: Lauren MacKinnon with Margaret Finlay & Tristan Hopkins



      My life is in your hand, deliver me;

      shine on your servant with the light of your love.

      My life is in your hand, deliver me;

      shine on your servant with the light of your love.

      In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge;

      let me never be put to shame.

      Shine on your servant with the light of your love.

      Incline your ear to me; make haste to deliver me.

      Shine on your servant with the light of your love.

      Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe;

      for the sake of your name, lead me and guide me.

      Shine on your servant with the light of your love.

      I put my trust in the Lord;

      I will rejoice and be glad because of your mercy.

      Shine on your servant with the light of your love.

      Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

      Shine on your servant with the light of your love.


The Prayers of the People, Elaine Slauenwhite


The Collect of the Day: God of suffering and glory, in Jesus Christ

you reveal the way of life through the path of obedience. Write your law on our hearts, so that we may not stray from you, but be your people. Amen


The Lord’s Prayer: And now, as Jesus taught us, so we pray:

      Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name

      Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

      Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.


Offertory Hymn                                                      #573 O Day of Peace

Prayer Over the Gifts: #664 In Jesus’ Name (Tallis’ Canon)

In Jesus’ name we pause to pray: give us our daily bread today;

bless us with strength, that we may bless our neighbour out of gratefulness. Amen.

A Blessing for Lent: Life is short, and we do not have much time to

gladden the hearts of those who walk this way with us. So, be swift to love and make haste to be kind, and the blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be upon you and amongst you, now and always. Amen.


Anthem:                                      Come, Come Unto Me (Ken Dosso)

                                                                     Soloists: Ellen Torrie & Tristan Hopkins


Announcements, Jim Nelson

Closing Hymn                                                                                        #602 Lift High the Cross


The Dismissal

Postlude: Wer nur den lieben Gott lä
?t walten, BWV 647 (J.S. Bach)
                Lauryn Wadden, Clarinet


We won’t be hearing these very fitting words during the postlude but if we were, this is what they would say and what the music is giving voice to:

Sing, pray and go on God's way,
Perform your part only faithfully
and trust in the rich blessing of heaven,
then He will be with you anew;
For who places his confidence
in God, He does not abandon. 


Greeters: Don Conrad

Counters: Murray & Mary Phillips

Everyone is invited to enjoy a time of fellowship and refreshments following the 10am service this week provided by John & Helen Whidden


Cycle of Prayer

Please pray for…

·       The Anglican Church of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui & the Diocese of Central Newfoundland along with the  Anglican Churches of Pictou County & Liscomb with Port Bickerton

·       Those in need of God’s healing grace: Arthur, Joan, Henry & Albert Jucker, Digger McDougall, Lyle Southam, Jack, Pam, Cal McMillan, Barclay, Joanie, Marlene & John Reid, Cameron, Jane, Doreen McKee, Kevan, Mary Funderburg, Diana Hart, Gloria, Connie, Betty, Heidi, Harry, Cecil, & Nick Rahr


Flowers for Easter: Anyone wishing to have memorial flowers in the church for Easter, please contact Cathy Stewart, 902-542-5565.


SERVICES FOR March 25th: Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sunday

8:00 am Holy Communion (BCP)  10:00 am Holy Eucharist (BAS)   

with the distribution of palms



Mark these dates on your calendar

Today at 4pm at Denton Hall: Ellen Torrie’s Graduation Recital Ellen will be performing a program of music by female composers, including a new composition by her classmate Avery Dakin-Clarke and her own original work.


Mon., Mar. 19th, noon: ACW Meeting


Tues., Mar. 20th, 9-10:30am, Wickwire Place (main floor program room): Contemplative Leadership Webinar

12:30-2pm, Multipurpose Room: Brown Bag ‘n Bible - Date to be confirmed. This week we will talk about Jeremiah 31:31-34.

7pm, Great Hall, All Saints Cathedral, Halifax: The Road to Reconciliation (A Talk by National Indigenous Bishop Mark MacDonald)

Carpooling may be possible. Talk to Sandra if interested.


Weds., Mar. 21st, 10:30am, Blomidon Court: Hymn Sing (TBC)


Sat., Mar. 23rd, 10am in the Meeting Room: Making of Palm Crosses for Palm Sunday. All are welcome to help. Instruction offered.

Orchard Valley United Church April Soup & Dessert Luncheon, Tues., April 3rd - Please join us for a choice of Chicken & Wild Rice Soup or Borscht Soup, homemade biscuits and rolls, tea/coffee, and Fruit Salad for dessert, all for $8.00 per person.  Lunch is served from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm. Take-out or delivery is also available; please order by noon, Mon., April 2nd by calling 902-681-0366, ext 1, or emailing 


Craft Fair:  Sat., April 28th, 10 am to 3 pm at the church. $3 entry fee. Proceeds going toward maintenance of the Rectory.


Church & Community News

Words to St. John’s: At the back of the church you’ll notice a display with a photo album from our 175th anniversary and a letter to the Parish from Canon Elliott. Stop by and have a look.


Sign up for Seder Meal: Again this year we will hold a Passover Seder meal during Holy Week. A sign up sheet is posted at the back of the church so that we can plan accordingly. If you can contribute food or wine, please indicate on the sheet.


Good Friday Walk 2018 – 11am March 30th

Beginning at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church

The cross of Jesus’ crucifixion is a universal symbol of human suffering. Traditionally, Christians have gathered on Good Friday to remember the death of Jesus. Again this year, members of the Wolfville and Area Interchurch Council (including local area congregations and L’Arche Homefires), will walk together to remember the suffering and fear that exists all around us and to pray for compassion and courage. Those within and beyond the community of faith are invited to Walk with the World as we Walk with the Cross. Our walk will end at L’Arche Homefires on 341 Main Street with a light reception to follow. All are welcome to join us for the ecumenical service at 1pm at l’Arche Homefires.


Rector’s Schedule: Sandra will at a clergy quiet day, including the renewal of ordination vows, on Weds. and Thurs. She will be in the church office Mon., 10:30am-noon. She will be off Friday.


The Easter newsletter is available at the back of the church. Please pick up yours and drop off a few, if you can, to save on postage.


EMAIL DATABASE: I am in the process of collecting email addresses of as many people/families as possible for the parish. If you have ever received an email from me then I have your email address. If you have never received one from me then please email me at and let me know what it is. Thank you for your help.                    – Debbie MacDonald, Administrative Assistant



Holy Week and Easter services

Monday March 26th – Monday in Holy Week

7:30 pm – Celtic Eucharist with Anointing

(with teaching about the practice of anointing for healing and ministry)


Tuesday, March 27th – Tuesday in Holy Week

7:30 pm – Taizé prayer (Taizé music, readings and prayer for the world)


Wednesday, March 28th – Wednesday in Holy Week

6 pm – Seder Meal (An instructed Passover meal led by two young Jewish friends. Seder means "order," and is called this because the meal is done in a certain order which takes us from slavery to freedom. It is helpful in understanding the traditions observed during our Lord’s Last Supper.)


Thursday, March 29th – Maundy Thursday

7:30 pm – The Institution of the Lord’s Supper (a service of hand-washing and holy communion, followed by the stripping of the altar for Good Friday)


Friday, March 30th – Good Friday

9:30 am – Commemoration of our Lord’s Passion (a service of music, readings and prayer to help us to reflect on the death of our Lord)

11 am – L’Arche Walk with the Cross Beginning at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 118 Main St., Wolfville (Theme: Do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you.)

1 pm – WAICC Ecumenical Good Friday Service

L’Arche Homefires Centre, 340 Main Street, Wolfville


Saturday, March 31st– Holy Saturday

10:30 am – Between Cross and Resurrection (a short service giving space for this in-between time in the church year and in our lives)


Sunday, April 1st – Easter Day/The Resurrection of our Lord

8 am – Holy Communion

Breakfast will be served between the services

10 am – Holy Communion (followed by an Easter egg hunt commemorating our 200th anniversary – can we find all 200 eggs that will be hidden?)